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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 16, 2008 3:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taboo topic - studio versions BETTER than live???

I totally agree with Strat that the studio Unbroken Chain was far superior to any live version. The puzzle is - why? Why did they wait until 1995 before they performed it live? If they'd brought it out when they were at the top of their game, either 74 or post-hiatus 76/77 they'd have nailed it I have no doubt. If they could handle Slipknot! live they could surely handle Unbroken Chain. Does anyone know why they didn't perform it? Did some member(s) of the band resist having it included in the live sets? I'd really like to know.

If you care to have a listen, there are some fine versions to be found in the Phil and Friends repertoire, but there's still the lack of a standout Grateful Dead live version.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Sep 16, 2008 8:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taboo topic - studio versions BETTER than live???

To me it seems like songs that were improvised generally were better in concert. Shorter songs and balled often did well on the albums, though some acoustic performances were better.

"Attics of My Life"
"Ripple" combo "Brokedown Palace"

"Cumberland Blues"

"Pride of Cucamonga"
Unbroken Chain
US Blues

Blues for Allah album, except "The Music Never Stopped"

"Terrapin Station" album, except Estimated which was still good and the general ending of Terrapin

"Alabama Getaway"
"Don't Ease Me In"

In the Dark album, except Touch which was good but not the same

"Built to Last" album

(the last 2 albums had some Garcia solos that shined bright though succinctly, like Throwing Stones)



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Poster: spacedface Date: Sep 16, 2008 3:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taboo topic - studio versions BETTER than live???

>>HighTime, Attics, nor BlPeter that beat the studio versions...>>

I don't remember which, but sometimes songs come in context and not just a personal one. High Times could follow something and Jerry's voice would be plaintive to a real point.

Black Peter, too, but in my experience in a crowd. Following some deal trouble in Marin the Dead played outdoors at Stanford and during some fierce passage a guy freaked out and was swinging on a tree. It seemed like Jerry wanted to bring the energy down quick and playered BP. umm, I guess my objectivity didn't recover for that song.

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Poster: Greg Carmack Date: Sep 16, 2008 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taboo topic - studio versions BETTER than live???

>>HighTime, Attics, nor BlPeter that beat the studio versions...>>

Black Peter 5/9/81 a Brent B3 bluesfest
High Time 6/28/76 Jer and Donna are spectacular

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 16, 2008 4:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taboo topic - studio versions BETTER than live???

was Phil still singing during that time period or was he out of the picture vocally? I agree it would have been great.

After many years away from the dead, I saw the boys in Charlotte with Hornsby and got rewarded with two songs I never thought I'd hear - Black Throated Wind and Unbroken Chain. Almost made up for how bad Jer looked and sounded. It was a bittersweet parting...